The BMW naming-convention music has stopped once again, and, in yet another scramble for a seat, the M235i has been elbowed aside and made to sit in the corner. Its replacement is this BMW M240i, and in truth there is more to this car than just a different badge.
In the same vein as the M140i hatchback, BMW has fiddled its twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six petrol engine to produce an extra 14bhp, bringing the new total to 335bhp, and it now offers more torque, too.
Naturally, the M240i is now quicker than the 235i in a sprint - the manual model officially capable of 0-62mph in 4.8sec, 0.2sec faster. Fuel economy is improved, too, with the manual version now returning a respectable 36.2mpg on the combined cycle.
The final headline changes are better engine refinement between shifts when accelerating hard and a new acoustic bonnet shield that's designed to make the engine sound purer.
So, does BMW’s performance coupé have what it takes to outgun rivals such as the brilliant Porsche Cayman? Read on over the next few pages to find out.